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Friday, June 1. 2007
Tulsa. Packed with illegals.
Big Brother is watching. The UK observation bunker. This is sick.
I guess it takes more than a village to learn how to spell "tomorrow."
Men are natural, fully organic antidepressants. Of course we are. No wonder the gals need us, long for us, dream of us, desire us. I am going to try this line next chance I get down at Rudy's Bar and Grill, and hope I don't get smacked upside my head by a cute biker gal with a tatoo or two, a two-carat zirconia stuck in her belly button, and bigger biceps than my flimsy but sensitive sticks. My local pub in Pittsfield is not exactly a refined watering hole, but they have FOX News on one TV and ESPN on the other. Bill O'Reilly and Red Sox fans up here. I met O'Reilly one time. He was an arrogant jerk, plus he seemed about 10" taller than me, which I deeply resent as a reasonably-sized 6'1" fellow.
George Will makes clear the differences between liberals and conservatives.
Hillary's private jet travel. The press will give her a pass. Double standard, as usual. Why? Because in the world of leftist politics, the ends always justify the means. The historical imperative, ya know?
Save the Catholic schools. Sol Stern at City Journal
The Billy Graham Library. Modest, and just right.
Sick of Bush? The amnesty bill has been the last straw for his supporters. I know he's a liberal, but still... Comments from RTLC, Paul at Powerline, RWNut House, Captain Ed, LaShawn, Classical Values, Flopping Aces, and our pal Dino takes another look at Peggy Noonan's harsh article. Bush is on his own now, methinks, and running on empty. Call us, W - we can help! It's not too late.
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GWB, well, he tried to govern from the middle, so he could be pres of ALL the people --but...well, fooey.
Speaking of Friday cocktail hour, tonight is Tom Collins night here at Castell Skookumchuk. I was inspired by the history of the drink in a recent Wall St. Journal. The secret? No mix - just freshly squeezed lemon juice. After the second one, you are required to wear a straw boater if you are a guy and a Gibson Girl outfit if you are a gal...
"Big Brother" is alive and well in the UK. 10 years of neo-fascism by Nu Labour has seen to that.
I read a piece this week, somewhere, about going from bar to bar looking for Tom Collins, to punch him in the nose.
Indeed, and I even like the quinine with ice and a lime - hold the gin. Delicious, and won't slow ya down.
When I was a kid, that was the kid summer cocktail at cocktail hour.
The first reference to a drink called the "Tom Collins Gin" may be from "The Bartenders Guide" by Jerry Thomas (1876).
(Use small bar-glass.)
Take 5 or 6 dashes of gum syrup.
Juice of a small lemon.
1 large wine-glass of Gin.
2 or 3 lumps of ice;
Shake up well and strain into a large bar-glass. Fill up the glass with plain soda water and imbibe while it is lively.
There is also a curious ditty from the early 1890s about a man named Collins - though not named Tom:
My name is Jim Collins,
Ead-vaiter at Limmers',
Corner of Conduit Street,
And my hokkipashun
Is sarvin' out liquors
To such sportin' covies
As chance to come there.
When I was a young lad, I happened to be on liberty in Puerto Rico (age has robbed me of the name of the Navy base there).
Beastly hot and terribly humid (exacerbated by the fact that I had worn a rain coat against the torrential rain).
Stopped in the EM club for respite. Waitress asked what I wanted. This Presbyterian lad had no clue, nor vocabulary for such a question.
Saw something going by on a tray that looked to be tall, cold, and full of ice (said also of some women in later years but that is another tale).
Said "I'll have one of those".
And later "Another". (Dunno how many times that refrain was sung.
Feeling much refreshed, I stood up to continue my journey, what ever its goal might have been.
Was much startled to see the floor rising in a graceful arc to smite me sharply upon the nose.
And then I went out and ordered "The Forgotten Man." It is getting so we'll need another bookcase around here by September.
It's all your fault, Larsen. :-)
We are an elite, intellectual blog. Where's the piece on western trout fishin"?
I sent it to you twice. Last time was 5/29. But I can always do so again.
We have a place like your Rudy's in Winnipeg. Plenty of the strippers come there for an after-work cocktail or two. You don't mess with them. They do not want any more male attention, and just want to be left alone. Hard-edged, jaded, and lacking in romance, it seems to me. Unless you are rich, in which case they might show a bit of interest. But nobody is rich in Winnipeg, with our taxes and our socialist economy.
Art, you don't have to stand for it --you can DRINK!
Right, skook, blame me and not that Tom Collins (har har).
Never received it. Odd. Try the blog's email. Would love to post it.
While I was typing my missive about Tom Collins, Mrs. Skookumchuk went and made some gin and tonics. Fine by me.
'Twill make a man forget his woe;
'Twill heighten all his joy:
'Twill make the widow's heart to sing,
Tho the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne'er fail in old Scotland!
Why can't I receive your post? Is it blocked? I did not block you, pal.
I am sure it has to do with some strange internet gremlin. I just sent it to the blog address.
Considering the present political climate, and its possible future direction, I think gin may be apropos for this evening, actually, most any evening. Oh, sorry, thats just me.
Tulsa/Tucson we are all effected.
Re observation - brave new world.
I'll skip the life enhancing
Not sure what I'm saying, but I'm becoming tired of differences, are there 'any' common points.
Hil is a bore. So full of herself she thinks the world is her.
Didn't read Sol. But agree with just the post comment. Education could learn a lot from Catholic Schools, and we need them to continue.
Skipped Graham as well. I'm glad it worked out.
I've supported GWB for his actions after 9/11. I still appreciate that. I have never considered him the be all, end all. He's a lame duck letting his inner out. While I don't support his present stance re immigration, I will not castigate him completly for it. I do not like the bill as written. But that is the fault of the Republican Senate, not GWB.
I forgot. Good story Larry. I have met a few sinews of wood that way myself.
Boy, that Noonan article is brutal. Even Katrina comes in as a GWB fiasco. How, she doesn't say, just that it is. Sounds like the DNC!
I don't get it with her--doesn't she understand that we have 18 more months of this admin and we can lose or win this war during that time?
Screw the fricken immigration bill, Peggy--AQ is our killer problem.
We have to de-nut the only CIC we've got, as if there's nothin at stake in the war?
But I do see how bad the immigration issue is--I just wish it weren't obstructing/obscuring this Persian Gulf thing. We could get in a bad way there in a heartbeat. Yet we're laming a prez over an issue 230 years old.
Maybe he's distancing himself from the GOP so he can blow the sh*t outta the Achmadinejad regime's nuke program without causing so much grief for his party in the next election?
Certainly the war should be front and center. And I understand the need to attack them where they live. But it is probably psychologically impossible to maintain popular support for the war without also effectively securing the borders.
I have too disagree Skook. I think Buddy is right. Thing is that the dems and msm have turned the dialog. It takes adults to separate the issues. We are lacking in that respect.